Third student housing high-rise proposed in Eugene

Developers have submitted plans to the city to build the 12-story complex, which includes on-site parking and retail space.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 7:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- Developers hope to build a 12-story student housing apartment complex on the corner of Broadway and Hilyard Street, and the project is getting mixed reactions from students and business owners.

Developers have submitted plans to the city to build the complex, which includes on-site parking and retail space on a lot that is currently home to a Cafe Yumm. City officials are still reviewing the plans, and a public comment period will take place before the city's planning director can give them the go ahead.

Northwest Christian University sophomore Justyna Mosteller said more student housing is needed.

"I think it would be a good plan to bring in more housing so people have somewhere to live, and it's one less thing to stress about for the school year," Mosteller said.

The proposed building would be the third student apartment high-rise built in the last five years. The 515 apartment complex is less than two blocks down from the proposed site and another apartment complex is being built down the road on Franklin Boulevard.

Across the street from the proposed site on Hilyard Street, the owner of Elk Horn Brewery, Stephen Sheehan, said he's worried construction could stop customers from coming in.

"I know a lot of people are going to avoid this area once a lot of construction starts," Sheehan said. "I saw it on West 11th, so I hope we don't run into that in the next few years."

KEZI 9 News reached out the architect to learn more about the project, including when they hope to start building, but they said their clients have asked them not to comment at this time.

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